U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project

       Image of underpass that is part of U.S. Highway 50 Camino safety project

Work continues on the south portion of Pondorado Undercrossing (top, left and right).


Project Facts


The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) proposes to improve safety on U.S. Highway 50 (US 50) in the Camino corridor by installing a concrete median barrier, repaving the roadway, constructing an undercrossing, providing access to the undercrossing from local roads, improving drainage, and constructing a wildlife crossing under the highway. The project is in El Dorado County on US 50 from the Mosquito Road Undercrossing to the Schnell School Road Undercrossing (culvert replacement work) and from 0.2 miles west of Still Meadow Road to 0.2 miles east of Carson Road, post miles (PMs) 18.5 to 24.2.

Project Benefits

The purpose of this project is to improve safety on US 50 in the Camino corridor by installing a concrete median barrier that would restrict left-turn movements at at-grade intersections, rehabilitate deteriorated culverts and provide access for wildlife crossing the route. Safety improvements are needed because the collision rates along this segment of US 50 are higher than the statewide average. The culverts have exceeded their intended design life and require rehabilitation, and the wildlife crossing is needed to facilitate off-highway movement between the north and south side of US 50. A secondary purpose is to maintain local and regional access to and from the north and south sides of Highway 50 while providing safe east-west access on and off the highway.

Construction Updates

January 14-28

• The contractor, Security Paving, completed stage 2 of the concrete deck pour on the south side of the Pondorado Undercrossing on Wednesday, Jan. 12. The deck will settle for about two weeks before a final pour to connect the two stages. 
• The abutments on the south side of the bridge still need to be backfilled and retaining walls on the east and west ends need to be constructed.  Temporary striping and markers were put down to delineate the lanes better. 
• The final pipe section for the new El Dorado Irrigation District water line, referred to as EDM1, arrived on site Wednesday. Pressure testing and decontamination testing will be conducting, and if the pipe passes testing the final tie-in will be scheduled for the week of Jan. 24. 
• Work on the second line, EDM2, is ongoing.

News Releases/Project Information

Update on Camino Safety Project

Virtual Public Meeting Scheduled Thursday, Nov. 18 for U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project 

Update on U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project

Traffic Restrictions for U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project

Caltrans Hosting Virtual Public Meeting for U.S. Highway 50 Project

Traffic Changes for U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project

Extended Lane Closures on Highway 50 for Camino Safety Project

Weekday Lane Reductions to Start on U.S. Highway 50 Project

U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project Under Way

U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project Presentation 6-24-21 (PDF)

U.S. Camino Safety Project Construction Completion Schedule (XLSX)

Funding Breakdown

Phase 1 Funding:
Local - $7,300,000
State - $5,500,000
Federal - $42,600,000
Estimated Total Project Cost - $55,400,000

Project Schedule

Environmental Document Completed -- 01/30/18
Right of Way Acquisition Completed -- 07/01/19
Design Completed -- 07/01/19
Advertise -- 12/15/19
Begin Construction -- 08/15/20
Expected Completion -- 12/01/22


El Dorado County, El Dorado County Transportation Commission

Project Contact

Robert Nguyen, Project Manager
Phone: (530) 682-6333

Steve Nelson, Public Information Officer
Phone: (530) 741-4566